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The child care system is broken. Here are 5 striking statistics that show why.

As more than 1,000 providers shut their doors for a Day Without Child Care, we examine a few numbers that reveal why the landscape is in crisis.

Rick Steves on Walkability Lessons From Europe

Many of Europe’s pedestrian-friendly, transit-rich cities weren’t always that way.

GFDA Top Ten for 5-12-24

In an exciting move during International Economic Development Week, the Great Falls Development Alliance travelled to Lethbridge, Alberta to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL). With this agreement, we plan greater cross-border cooperation between our two economic development organizations that will raise awareness of our region, ease the experience of companies looking to start, expand or relocate on either side of the border, and to attract investment to our region- especially in the world of food, ag and bio processing. We are very grateful to our partners at EDL for orchestrating such a magnificent visit and look forward to hosting them this fall.

Parents say lack of childcare is hampering Big Timber, Montana’s growth – Why no Universal Pre-K in Montana?

Big Timber Daycare is the only daycare in all of Sweet Grass County, and community members agree that’s not enough childcare service for the growing rural community.

CBS News – Schools across U.S. announce teacher layoffs “Worst Staff Cuts ‘in a Generation'” Missoulian

American schools are facing layoffs as enrollment falls and pandemic-era aid dries up. CBS News reporter Bo Erickson has the details.

The Father of the 15-Minute City Doubles Down on His Vision In New Book

In the wake of attacks by conspiracy theorists, Carlos Moreno is out with a new book that seeks to school the world on his pervasive urban planning concept.

Are you prepared to sell or transition ownership of your company?  MMEC CASE STUDY –  Transition Readiness/Change of Control

When business owners initiate the change of control themselves, they have an opportunity to help shape the transition, and the sale terms and conditions – if they are well- prepared, well- supported, and maintain focus.

Backcountry Discovery Routes eyes Montana motorcycle adventure ride

The routes, often more than 1,000 miles long and commonly abbreviated as BDRs, are renowned among adventure riders for their scenic value, off-the-beaten-path routing, advice on pacing, and detailed maps of gas, lodging, food and other attractions along the way. But Montana has long been a blank spot on the BDR map, devoid of such a curated adventure route. 

Montana lawmakers agree to draft legislation on insurance solutions for childcare providers

Survey found most providers interested in insurance pool to keep down costs

How Paris became a 15-minute city

In his new book, ‘The 15-Minute City,’ Carlos Moreno explains how Paris has radically transformed—and how the proximity concept is growing globally.